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OBIESMOM2
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7/26/13 3:43 P

honestly, after 3-5 classes, the sore backside is no longer a problem. I've never bought the padded shorts (I already feel like I'm 'over padded'!). I do spin 3 to 5 times a week, and ride my bike a lot too.

if you KNOW it's something you will stick with, spin shoes do make a difference. But I took class for probably 3 years (or more) before I bought spin shoes. You can definitely get a good workout w/o any special attire.



77PINKLADY
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7/26/13 12:21 P

After working out really hard and losing 30 pounds and then gaining back, I joined a gym this month with a friend. So we are definitely not in shape at this current time. We decided to try the spin class on our second day. WE LIVED! and guess what we did it again yesterday. Other than sore tushies we survived. We are planning on doing it again but with cycle shorts which I highly recommend. You can do it. Give it a shot.



DANIBEV
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1/16/13 1:59 P

What is great about spin class is that you work out depending on what gear you are in as well as the RPMs (how fast you push the pedals). You can change the gear without people knowing, and adjust your own workout. Not saying to slack or anything, but you can adjust your workout to being a beginner, versus being in a higher gear like a more advanced cyclist.



SPUTNIK512
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1/16/13 1:55 P

I agree with everyone else, give it a shot! The great thing about spin is that it's so easy to go at your own pace! I love it!



KATIENIU
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1/16/13 1:52 P

After doing the same boring cardio machines for several years I decided a few weeks ago to try spinning. Although I am in pretty good shape (I run several marathons a year) I was really nervous mainly because I was afraid I wouldn't be able to keep up.

I went to the first class and I loved it. The teacher was great and the music kept things interesting. The one thing the teacher stressed was that it was your workout and you control how much intensity you want.

The cool thing about spin class is that you can't compare yourself to others. People set their own intensity level and nobody else can see how hard or easy it is.

I couple of things I would recommend: bring lots of water and a towel, buy a pair of cycle shorts otherwise you will get a sore butt. You could get a pair of cycle or spin shoes/clips but that's not required and you will do fine with regular shoes. Although it's not required but helpful I would get a heart rate monitor. The spin teachers at my gym always stress zone training to maximize your workout. I have one and I haven't determined if it's helping but it's cool to see how many calories I've burned.

Good luck with the class. I'm sure you will have loads of fun.



SWEDIEPIE
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1/16/13 1:09 P

I started going to spin classes a few years ago when I had very little exercise under my belt. You can definitely go at your own speed and resistance, so go for it! I spin 5-6 days a week. Some days I'm really pushing extra hard, other times I'm taking it down a notch if I don't have the stamina- it's all up to you what you want the class to be like.



CHICKYSOUP
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1/16/13 12:42 P

In the spin classes I've been too, the instructor frames the resistance based on us imagining a road - so an easy resistance like we are biking on a flat road all the way up to going up a steep hill. She went over those levels so we could establish our own personal baselines. And I don't think anyone will be walking around class looking at all your settings! Best of luck - cycling and spinning are outstanding!



NBISHOP3
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1/16/13 11:19 A

Spin classes are SO hard. I took a spin class twice a week for about three months - I only lost about 2 pounds the whole time, but I gained SO much muscle! I think it was definitely worth it, but I'll be honest - I threw up after the first three classes. Of course, I'm a super competitive person and I think I was trying to keep up with people who were in way better shape than I am, which was NOT a good idea.



JENMC14
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1/16/13 10:12 A

As others have said, just because the instrcutor tells you to set the bike to X resistance, doesn't mean you have to. I didn't even get the resistances my first class, and still wasn't sure my second. I've only been to like 2 spinning classes, though, and they both kicked my ass. Go, see if you like it, do what you can.



OBIESMOM2
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1/16/13 8:55 A

a good instructor will tell you "it's YOUR workout". Everybody in the class is at a different level. You control the tension and pedal speed.

make sure you take a towel and LOTS of water (most of the bikes have 2 places for water bottles).

And if you are overly sensitive to sound, earplugs help. I use them in some of the classes. I can still hear the music and the instructor, just at a more comfortable level.



HHB4181
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1/15/13 9:44 P

Go for it!!! It's your class, so you can push yourself as much as you want, and if you can't finish, you can't finish. It's OK!
I started spinning about two years ago and my first three classes, I couldn't even get up, but I really enjoyed the class anyway. I stuck with it and I spin about two times a week. It's so great!
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H0KIE_GIRL
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1/15/13 9:36 P

Depending on exactly how the instructor is they'll tell you to push yourself but that doesn't mean you are 100% required to turn on the intensity. I say definitely try it out and see how it goes but let the instructor know its your first time so they can help you get the bike set up properly because that does make a difference in class.

Now the more you get comfortable you definitely should be going full force and wanting to die when they have you "running up mountains"



MISSYK25
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1/15/13 9:26 P

Quick question for those of you that have been to a spin class: I've been working out for about a month, and can comfortably do a 20 minute Jillian Michaels kickboxing dvd with some weight training afterwards without getting too sore.

Now I want to venture out to the gym to try some classes! Does anyone know what kind of shape you need to be in for a spin class? Should I maybe work out on my own a little more before tackling one?



 
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